PORK APPLE AND SAGE CASSEROLE

This casserole base makes two portions and is a great way to pre-prepare a couple of nights dinners.  You can make the base, divide in half and then freeze it.  It’s easy enough then to defrost it and add the extra ingredients on the night you want to use it.

STRAWBERRY MATCHES

The name Strawberry Matches brings to mind flaky pastry, strawberry jam, cream and pink icing to me.   Mum used to make the pastry herself, put the jam inside with the cream and topped the whole lot with pink icing – they were Yummy.  Sadly this isn’t Mum’s original recipe, but they are much quicker to make and probably taste almost as good.

SAVOURY TOASTS

Tomato sauce and cheese on toast has been a well loved favourite in Mum’s and my households for years.  Mum also used to make a little afternoon tea/supper snack that was cheese and bacon on toast, but this recipe combines them both.  Personally I’m not sure about the garlic, but after finding this recipe I’m now going to give the sauce, cheese and bacon a go.

VEGETABLE & ALMOND CASSEROLE

Vegetarian recipes weren’t something Mum would have been looking for on the pages of the Herald Sun.  Growing up I can’t remember anyone among our family or friends who didn’t eat meat, so cooking vegetable only dishes just wasn’t necessary.  This recipe is on a page Mum kept from the paper that had pork, lamb, sausage and fish casseroles on it, so the recipes were around, they just weren’t something Mum made.

MERINGUE TOPPED APPLE CUSTARD

I have no idea who Adam is, so I thought I’d rename this recipe Meringue Topped Apple Custard.  What I like about it is, that as with a lot of the old recipes, there’s no fancy ingredients, just things you have in the cupboard.  In this case, milk, bread, butter, apples, vanilla essence, eggs and sugar so that makes it a great ‘last minute’ dessert.